Frank McCourt

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  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Died: July 19, 2009
  • Profession: Writer
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Fast Facts

  • His family left New York for Ireland during the Great Depression to escape poverty.
  • Three of his siblings died in childhood and he nearly succumbed to typhoid fever at age 10.
  • When he was 19, he returned to America where he first worked as a janitor and bellhop at New York's Biltmore Hotel.
  • After serving in the Army, he convinced New York University to accept him under the G.I. Bill, even though he didn't have a high school education.
  • After teaching high school English for three decades, he retired and wrote the 1996 memoir Angela's Ashes; his first book won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle Award.
  • In 2007, he wrote a children's book called Angela and the Baby Jesus.

Relationships

  • Alfie McCourt — Brother
  • Oliver McCourt — Brother
  • Cheryl — Ex-wife
  • Angela McCourt — Mother
  • Margaret McCourt — Sister
  • Malachy McCourt — Father
  • Malachy McCourt — Brother
  • Ellen Frey McCourt — Wife
  • Alberta Small — Ex-wife
  • Maggie McCourt — Daughter
  • Eugene McCourt — Brother
  • Michael McCourt — Brother

College

  • New York University, New York, New York, United States (BA, 1957); City University of New York, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York, United States (MA in English)

Details

  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Died: July 19, 2009
  • Profession: Writer

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